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Old 08-06-2012, 04:23 PM   #16
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8/6/12--Just a few pics

I had some time to kill today, so I decided to ride with no particular destination. I aimed west and south, mostly because I haven't spent much time in that area.

Not real sure where I was--when I got done I just aimed north and east and ended up at home. Got about 60 miles of wandering in. Not a bad way to spend the day.

I always find it interesting how quickly the area becomes rural. Scenes like this aren't far from a pretty suburban area.


Of course, civilization intrudes even out here. I walked around the bike and took this shot of I-70 loaded with people driving with a destination in mind. Poor saps.


This type of scenery is pretty common in this part of the state. If you keep going west it just gets more flat and more rural.


I can now say I've been to Horse Barn Rd. Did see a few horses, but not the barn.


Found one, but not on Horse Barn Rd.


This one was on U.S. 40--the old National Road.

Good day for riding with no particular goal in mind.

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Old 08-16-2012, 02:10 PM   #17
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Last easy day to wander for a while...

The semester starts on the 27th of August this year. Normally I'd have another week of time to ride, but new responsibilities at work this year mean that I have to attend meetings a good chunk of the next week.

It is always bittersweet to see the lazy days of summer come to an end. One of the better parts of teaching is the long summer break, but it is always exciting and interesting to see those college kids come tearing back into the classroom. A lot of faces change over each year...seniors that spent four years with you are out in "the real world" and a bunch of freshmen are nervously trying to figure out what they gotten themselves into. It really is fun to be a part of that process, but it is stressful as well.

I just accept a new set of courses after 27 years spent teaching broadcast journalism. I needed a change, but what a challenge. The bike, and the riding, have been a necessary thing for me this summer. Something to get my mind off the pressures associated with all the changes.

Worse than any of that pressure has been the process of saying goodbye to my mother-in-law. She is the best I could have hoped for, but it will be a miracle if she is still with us at the end of the month. Leukemia is winning the battle in spite of a courageous fight. My wife has been a trooper through all of this, but it is hard to let go.

My wife is working today, the kids are in school or at work and I wanted to take a longer ride to let things go. Mother Nature had other plans.

We, along with a huge chunk of the country, have been experiencing a drought...all summer...so it rained today. Well, not all of it. But the weather forecast called for thunderstorms, some severe, beginning this afternoon.

Okay, knowing that, I planned to hit the road about 8:00 and head west to Cataract Falls--about 40 miles or so-- and then explore some of the gravel roads in that area. The fact that I bothered to develop a plan meant that it wouldn't happen.

At 10:15 I pulled out of the garage. Planned to hit IN-42 west out of Mooresville and head for the Falls. Wind was fairly gusty and the skies were pretty overcast--and a lot darker off to the northwest.

The conversation in my helmet was, "Do I change my plans since I don't have any rain gear and I don't know where I can find shelter?" v. "Come on! Suck it up! Riders on ADV laugh at rain! Better yet, they strip down and call it bath time! You gonna' be a wimp?"

Turns out, I was a wimp. Of course, I would be getting back about the time I am writing this and it pouring outside. Thunder and lighting are the order of the hour. Made the better decision.

The photos that follow were shot south of Mooresville, IN--while I was being a wimp. Cataract Falls will have to wait. Google Earth it if you can't.




Just west of those two shots I passed a house with one of those giant satellite dishes in the front yard. The owner had painted, "13 Miles from Nowhere" on the face it. I was reassured. Up to that point I had thought I was in the middle of nowhere.

Decided y'all needed a little "artsy" in your life and took these two. Makes you feel all fuzzy, doesn't it?


I am really learning to appreciate this old '83 650 parallel twin. It is really a lightweight bike, fairly small and pretty torquey. Drop down to about 2k rpm and just dial it up around corners. Tractors out without any of the frenetic drama that my old Yamaha I4 had. This one is starting to run out of steam at the point where the I4 was just waking up.

Ran it up to about 70 on a short stretch between Martinsville and Mooresville today and it ran comfortably at just under 5k rpm. That is enough for me right now. Ten years is a long time to be off a bike.

You'll see a lot of work needs to be done to the engine cases and valve cover. That's an over-the-winter project. Spent the last year getting it running correctly and reliably.

Mentioned my father a few posts ago in connection with the tractor shot. He was also a Nazarene pastor, so I decided to take a shot of this little country church when I happened upon it. Lost him ten years ago this year. Hard to believe I am now the same age he was when he was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. Pretty sure I wouldn't handle that diagnosis as well as he did. I thought he was old when the disease hit him, but now I see that he probably didn't feel that he was. I sure don't feel old. Makes me appreciate his courage in the face of that horrible disease all the more

Headed back toward home and the threatened front was just becoming visible.

It can be difficult to get the camera straight with a helmet on. The flag poles are vertical--Photobucket isn't playing nicely today...so crooked shot it is.

I hit the front about 6 miles from home. Temperatures dropped by about 10 degrees and it got pretty windy, so I was just as happy I had saved Cataract Falls for another time.

Got sort of pensive with this ride. Glad I had the chance to do this before the semester gets crazy.

Thanks for riding along.

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Old 08-17-2012, 07:18 AM   #18
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Hello Radianrider,
I have enjoyed reading your thread and viewing your photos. That old Suzuki is awesome. You don't see too many of those on the road these days. Very cool... I'm located here on the west-side of Indy and have been out your direction many times over the last several months. It's a wonder we haven't bumped into each other on our travels as I have been to many of the places you have shown.

I'd say you made the right decision by not going on out to Cataract yesterday. It looked as though that whole area got hit pretty hard by the storms later in the day. My Ol'lady, myself, and a buddy of ours went out to see the falls back in early June and ended up staying much later than we had anticipated. We weren't prepared for any type of night riding but once we got into the area we simply didn't want to ever leave.

And just a heads up, if your not aware of it, it cost us $5 to get two bikes into the area around the falls but, if you haven't ever seen them, it is well worth it. Also, be sure take the road down to the lower falls to check them out. The scenery down in there is absolutely awesome. The old Cataract General Store just south of the falls is a pretty nice stop as well. The old building is neat and they have quite a display of old antiques inside. You can also get a an old fashion coke, (small 7Oz.?) out of their old fashion cooler and a homemade bologna sandwich if you like. They were both pretty good...

I could probably go on forever but I'll just post up one more bit of info. If your heading east on "Cataract Falls Rd" at (231) you can cross on over (231) and continue east on "Cataract Falls Rd." and it will curve to the north turning into "Millgrove Rd.". Once your heading north on "Milllgrove Rd." you can take the first right turn, ( Tower Rd. ), and there is an old iron bridge about .35 miles down. ( 3926'29.12" N 8645'21.81" W )

After leaving the bridge you can then zigzag your way up, & over, to the small town of Quincy or most any of the roads running north/south will lead you back up north running into IN42... Some of the roads out in that area are a bit bumpy in spots but we didn't run into anything too bad...

I look forward to seeing your next installment for the thread and will more than likely be "stealing" some of your locations to go and checkout for myself. I also hope we can cross paths sometime or possibly even take a little ride together. There seems to be quite a few of us around this area that enjoy the same type of riding so maybe sometime in the future we can all hook up for a nice ride together.

Until next time, Ride safe, & Have a great day, Jeff...
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Old 08-17-2012, 08:39 AM   #19
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radianrider,

From one Hoosier to another I'm digging your thread. I live north of you in Hartford-tucky(Hartford City). I've traveled Indiana for the short trips all my life. I've taken many visiting friends on the local backroads and surprised them with all the hidden gems in our backyards. If you're ever riding north look me up.

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Old 08-17-2012, 09:01 AM   #20
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Thanks, JB2 and Fullcyc. I appreciate that you took time to respond.

Great information about the Falls, Fullcyc. I'd been out there looking for good Miata roads during my "no bike" days, but haven't explored the area extensively. I will follow up on your ideas as soon as I get the chance--probably going to be a while now that my semester is getting started. That iron bridge sounds exactly like the kind of thing I go looking for. Might even be getting hungry for bologna.

JB2, I like the idea of hidden gems in our backyard. It isn't likely that I'll get any big adventure rides in for some time...too many life things in the way, but looking more closely at where we live seems like a reasonable alternative.

I look forward to meeting up with you both and getting some riding done.
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Old 12-01-2012, 01:30 PM   #21
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Mid to upper 50's on Dec. 1 I'm riding.

Well, after being a thoughtful husband and taking care of some plumbing associated with new countertops...I went riding.

First stop, White Lick Presb church. Stopped here on Christmas day last Dec.


Also been here before, but it is close to home and I like it here.


Same spot different angle


Stopped because I felt something enter my helmet. Glanced down and saw a bee on my chinbar. A bee. On the first day of Dec., a bee.

Likely to be last report for the season, but maybe we'll have a mild winter again.

Divested myself of the passenger and took this shot of the lonely road west of Danville.
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Old 12-12-2012, 04:00 PM   #22
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Got out for an hour today and took a couple of shots.



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Old 12-13-2012, 02:27 PM   #23
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Just one shot today.
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:32 PM   #24
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Good thread, I have a soft spot for old Suzuki's and the Midwest. Your tires look like Shinko 230 Tourmaster's? How do they work for you? I have thought about getting them for a few old bikes I have.
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:29 PM   #25
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Tourmasters are working out fine. I bought them based on reviews on thegsresources.com. Lot of of 'zukes on them and they have earned a really good reputation.

I haven't pushed them too hard---but not because of the tires, but the brakes. Had a significant problem when i rebuilt them this summer and it took months to figure out why I had little braking power. Another ADV'er (bwringer) fixed them just a few weeks ago and now I am not pushing them because I don't like to push cold tires too hard.

Have my eye on another oddball Suzuki for next summer. A friend has a '91 VX800 that I may buy. Just trying to convince the spouse that I need another strange bike in the garage.
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:49 PM   #26
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Good to know about the Tourmasters. A VX800 looks fun, I've had my eye out for a clean GS650G or GS850G until I found a nice 82' GS1100E but stable space isn't always easy to come by. Keep the good stuff coming.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:19 PM   #27
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I'd happily take the 1100E. One of the best looking GS bikes, in my opinion. A lot of bike!
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:51 AM   #28
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Last shot on my first report--the local "haunted bridge." Not sure why or when it became haunted, but that's the rumor. Looks like it's mostly haunted by "wanna be's."


I might have rappelled into that bridge, a long time ago with some friends.

There are a few different stories about the "ghost". One involves a worker that fell into the wet cement while they were pouring the pillars. The other involves a lady dropping her baby off the bridge into the creek.


Great shots of Indiana! I'm helping my friend resurrect a Suzuki GS650L, fun bike!
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:18 PM   #29
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"Might have"...uh, huh. Sure.

Had a great time, didn't you.
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Old 12-19-2012, 03:03 PM   #30
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Okay, this may be the last report until it gets warm again. It was supposed to be in mid-50's today, but only hit 43 degrees. I need better cold weather gear. Not sure it matters much, just got the forecast calling for snow.

Had several pictures, but my computer ate all but one. Nothing special--just a local park with a Frisbee golf course. Just a cold, gray day of riding.

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